The Cosmos are back, although a major rebuilding phase awaits them on the field. Still waiting on news of a home for the 2017 season, many questions are still remain on who will suit up for the green and white.
While several mainstays and fan favorites of the club have departed, three players will return for them in 2017.
David Diosa celebrates his goal with Lucky Mkosana (Photo: Steve Hamlin/TICC)
An offseason of turmoil and overhaul at the New York Cosmos has now seen one of it’s original reboot members depart for new pastures.
The OKC Energy of the USL announced Thursday that they had signed David Diosa, who had been a part of the Cosmos since 2010. Diosa moves west after what was considered by many to be his breakout year with the Cosmos, scoring three goals and assisting on another three in a career high 23 games played. Continue reading
David Diosa [Photo: Steve Hamlin/TICC]
With the word officially out that Rocco Commisso will now be taking the reins and injecting life back into the Cosmos, the new head man also revealed Tuesday in his first conference call that head coach and sporting director, Gio Savarese, would be back in both roles, and would likely have all say in player acquisition and playing tactics.
We’ve seen Gio be very successful in this role in the past, but with the limited timeline in front of him, Gio himself said, “we aren’t starting from zero, we’re starting from minus five.” As the club now tries desperately to secure a stadium and build a roster for the 2017 season before April 1 (and likely far before then), we take a look at some potential acquisitions for the Boys in Green.
Jimmy Ockford [Photo: Steve Hamlin/TICC]
The Cosmos may have announced the return of two key members of their back line yesterday afternoon, but one of the younger components of the defensive unit has moved on to a new destination. Continue reading
Rocco Commisso [Photo: New York Cosmos]
There’s still work to be done, but Cosmos Chairman Rocco Commisso and Head Coach and Sporting Director Giovanni Savarese yesterday began to answer the questions of where the Cosmos look to play the 2017 season and who would suit up in the green and white. Continue reading
Juan Arango and Yohandry Orozco celebrate at the NASL Final [Photo: Steve Hamlin/TICC]
According to reports, the Cosmos may be on the verge of recalling most of the members of the 2016 Championship squad, but at least three key components from last year’s team won’t be a factor going forward. Continue reading
Yasmani Duk [Photo: Steve Hamlin/TICC]
Another former Cosmos has found a new team as Yasmani Duk will travel to Saudi Arabia to play for Al-Ettifaq FC after spending the 2016 season on loan with New York. TICC spoke with with player’s agent, Rodrigo Osorio, discovering the deal had been approved and legal action might be taken against the Cosmos for unpaid wages. Continue reading
Lucky Mkosana Signing Press Conference [Photo: Lucky Mkosana Instagram]
Another former Cosmos player found a new home as IFK Mariehamn announced the signing of fan favorite Lucky Mkosana. The Zimbabwean becomes the third player to find a new team as he joins his first professional club outside the United States after playing most recently for the Cosmos and Rowdies. Continue reading
Empire of Soccer broke the story yesterday that New York Cosmos players had been released by the team with all contracts being terminated.
But the clues have been there for some time. One player posting a sad video of him packing up many suitcases for the trip home and calling it a move. Another tagged on a social media post about a last time in Long Island.
And now, the player farewells are beginning. Continue reading
Yohandry Orozco [Photo: Eytan Calderon/TICC]
Yet another piece of the Cosmos starting XI from the Final may be debating his future with New York.
Yohandry Orozco recently gave an interview detailing his struggles in joining the club, getting acclimated to New York and what might lay ahead for the winger. Continue reading